Non-Needle Treatments

I'm afraid of needles. Can you still help me?


Yes! Many loyal New Channel Wellness patients were at first terrified of needles, and now absolutely love getting acupuncture. Some weren't sure they were actually going to "go through with it" when they first came to the clinic. Plus, Traditional Chinese Medicine has many non-needle physical medicine tools for rebalancing your body and relieving symptoms: Moxibustion (Infrared Therapy using burning mugwort herb) Cupping (Manual therapy using pneumatic/suction device) Guasha (Inspration for Graston technique/ "scraping" with smooth edge tool), TuiNa (fully-clothed massage/acupressure/joint stretching and mobilization) We recommend new patients come for a consultation first to see what we can do.




What is Tui Na?


Tui Na is a targeted type of therapeutic massage that includes rolling, pressing, shaking, stretching, and joint mobilization techniques. It is performed with the patient fully clothed. There are no oils and generally no direct contact with skin. Patient may be lying prone or supine, or seated for certain techniques. Tui Na powerfully relieves and resets muscle tension, and due to its focus on the acupuncture channels or meridians, can even relieve other health problems besides musculoskeletal. New Channel Wellness patients love getting TuiNa and repeatedly tell us that it's like no other manual therapy they have had. As with all treatments here, Tui Na will be used if it is the best method to help you attain your health goals.




What is Gua Sha?


Gua Sha is a technique, similar to cupping that involves gently or firmly scraping along muscles, muscle borders, or tendons with a blunt, rounded edge tool made of bone, jade, plastic, or metal. Gua Sha is great for relief of muscle tension, tendon problems, calcifications or "crunchies" in the neck, back, feet, achilles or other locations.




What is Moxa Heat Therapy?


Also called moxibustion, this therapy is essentiall the "original infrared" therapy. A medicinal herb is lighted and the smoldering herb is afixed to acpuncture needles, placed in small moxa box on painful areas (or areas where increased circulation is desired) or held near acupuncture points to warm and stimulate those points. It is excellent for pain relief, increasing circulation and immunity, promoting feelings of relaxation and well-being, and helps cells function more efficiently. It is excellent for tired, worn-out patients and revives energy. Few modern clinics use moxa because of various constraints, but many New Channel Wellness patients love this therapy and often thank us for continuing to provide it.




What is cupping?


Cupping is the application of glass, plastic, silicone, or bamboo cups to acupoints, specific muscles, tendons, or reflex areas on the back or abdomen - using suction. Suction was traditionally created by inserting a flame briefly into the cup, creating a vaccum, and then swiftly applying the cup to the area to be treated. Cupping is used to release adhesions in connective tissue, relax tight muscles, increase circulation, promote certain anti-inflammotry processes, and more. There are many styles of cupping not just the style that leaves dramatic just-attacked-by-an-octopus you may have seen on celebrities. (We do that too, but it may not be appropriate for you!) As with all treatments at New Channel Wellness, cupping is used if it is right for you and will help you attain your health goals.